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'''Steps to Find a Will'''  
 
'''Steps to Find a Will'''  
  
1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the [http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/researchers/ Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies ]and request a search of their index to wills for an entry for the name you are interested in. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.  
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1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the [http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/researchers/ Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies ].  For a fee, they can search the indexes to the wills for this court. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.  
  
 
2. If you have access to the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] or a f[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|amily history center,]] search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to this court. If you find a reference to a will you are interested in, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858" gives the following reference:  
 
2. If you have access to the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] or a f[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|amily history center,]] search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to this court. If you find a reference to a will you are interested in, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858" gives the following reference:  
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4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.  
 
4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.  
  
5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of the will you find.  
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5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of the will you find.
  
 
== Indexes  ==
 
== Indexes  ==

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Step by Step

1. First search each index (see "Indexes" below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.

2. Proceed to "Records" section (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records." 

3. Contact or visit the Cambridge Archives and Local Studies or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. Visit The Family History Library or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.

Steps to Find a Will

1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies .  For a fee, they can search the indexes to the wills for this court. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.

2. If you have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to this court. If you find a reference to a will you are interested in, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858" gives the following reference:

[sample index reference]
This indicates that [explain the index reference as needed].

3. Go to the library's online catalog entry for Wills and Administrations of the Diocese of Ely, 1449-1858 and view the film notes. Browse down the film notes until you come to (as in the case of our example) "[insert the title of the item number]" on film [#]. Go to the film cabinets and retrieve the film, put it on a film reader, and turn to [index reference].

4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.

5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of the will you find.

Indexes

Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

Indexes are found with the original and microfilmed records as above. In addition, the Family History Library has the following transcripts and indexes:

Records

Archive Location

The original records of this court are deposited at the Cambridge University Library in the city of Cambridge.  Contact the library for assistance.

The records include:

  • Original wills, 1503-1857
  • Registered wills, 1449-1858
  • Original administrations, inventories, tuitions, etc., 1662-1858

Archive Records

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Family History Library Records

Records are on microfilm and are available at the Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies service in Cambridge, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through family history centers.  The Family History Library has the following:

Jurisdiction

This ecclesiastical court had pre-1858 jurisdiction over the following:

Bedfordshire

From 1837, secondary jurisdiction over the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire, which was transferred to the Diocese of Ely in that year.  

Cambridgeshire

This court had jurisdiction over the diocese of Ely (most of the upper half of the county).

Huntingdon

From 1837, secondary jurisdiction over the parishes in the Archdeaconries of Huntingdon, which was transferred to the Diocese of Ely in that year.

Norfolk

The parish of Emneth.

Suffolk

From 1837, this had secondary jurisdiction over the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury.[1]
  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London, self published, 1974